Hawthorn Foundation: for Missouri

About Hawthorn:

The Hawthorn Foundation is a highly diverse group of Missouri leaders in business, education, economic development, healthcare and labor dedicated to making the state of Missouri stronger, thus developing a vibrant economy for the state of Missouri. Hawthorn was created as and remains a non-partisan, non-political organization of Missouri-based businesses and community leaders in statewide business recruitment, retention, and development efforts. Hawthorn also supports the State of Missouri government’s efforts to improve its effectiveness and efficiency to better serve its citizens.  The Missouri Partnership is an important "front wheel" component of the Hawthorn Foundation.  


Latest News: Fleet Management Task Force Report

The Missouri Chief Operating Officer, Drew Erdmann, requested the assistance of private sector fleet managers and industry representatives to study vehicle fleet practices within Missouri State Government. The State of Missouri spends approximately $98 million each year to transport state employees for official business. The COO asked for a task force to seek out opportunities to streamline fleet practices and lower the overall costs of transportation utilizing industry best practices. The task force completed its work in December 2017.

More information on the Fleet Management Task Force and read its final report

The Fleet Management Task Force’s December 14 meeting in Columbia at The University of Missouri

The Fleet Management Task Force’s December 14 meeting in Columbia at The University of Missouri

March 7, 2018 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis
Register now for this exciting event and learn about sponsorship opportunities!


“Our top priority is increasing good jobs for Missouri’s citizens. The world needs to know that Missouri is open for business! The Hawthorn Foundation has a proud tradition of bringing together leaders from business, labor, academia, and government to work together to make Missouri stronger. As we look to the future, we are delighted that Hawthorn will be a valuable partner as we grow our economy and transform how Missouri’s government works to better serve the citizens of this great state.”
— Governor Eric R. Greitens

Hawthorn's Newest Members  

Congratulations to our new members:


Ex-Officio Members:

Senator Kit Bond (1973-1977, 1981-1985)

General John Ashcroft (1985-1993)

Governor Roger Wilson (2000-2001)

Governor Bob Holden (2001-2005)

Governor Matt Blunt (2005-2009)

Governor Jay Nixon (2009-2017)

Governor Eric Greitens (2017 -        )